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Cancer: Colon Message Board

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Hello All,

I haven't posted in a while because of returning to work, I literally have no time, however, I had to post tonight to get some support and feedback from you wonderful people.

Here's my story in a nutshell: My father is currently undergoing chemotherapy for his stage IIIA colon ca (which is my father's 5th cancer in 12 years-but I sincerely do think he is a miracle, he doesn't see himself as one but I do), my uncle, his brother, the best man in the world, is dying of bone cancer and possibly has bladder too, he had prostate ca about 8 years ago and survived that, now this. My other uncle, my father's brother in law, has advanced brain cancer, so within this year, 4 people in my family have had cancer and are on chemo now. I am sick of it already. Out of a family of 8 on my mother's side, 5 have died from cancer and 7 have had it. My dad's dad died of prostate cancer that had mets to the bone, then my uncle, and now my dad's brother in law with brain. We lost my grandmother in Sept of last year, my dad's mom. My mom died 8 years ago this year of colon cancer, what gives? I am so frustrated with this disease!

On top of that, I feel so guilty being around my two uncles because my outcome prognosis and my father's prognosis is better and we have options where they are considered terminal. I also get irked at my father because this man is 71 years old, he was verbally and mentally abusive to my sisters, mom and I for years, he has abused his body significantly with alcohol, etc., and has such a negative attitude and doesn't realize how lucky he has been. Before he started this round of chemotherapy, his only question was whether or not he still drink and how many beers he could have. This is the chemo that I am allergic to and have to wait to see specialists before I can continue my regimen, which will probably be Xeloda.

I feel really horrible being around my uncles children knowing he has such a bleak outlook and I am still alive and that I am still alive and my mom isn't.

I am sorry for ranting I just had to get that off my chest. Thanks for listening.

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